Struggling Cork City grind out scoreless draw away to Finn Harps

Struggling Cork City grind out scoreless draw away to Finn Harps
Sean McLoughlin, Cork City FC, Sean Boyd, Finn Harps. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Finn Harps 0 Cork City 0

CORK City are still looking for their first league win since May after they were held to a scoreless draw by relegation-threatened Finn Harps in a tight encounter at Finn Park last night.

This result means that City stay seventh, while Harps remain ninth.

The opening 10 minutes was as calm as the River Finn as both sides sought to settle. And there was little to lift the decibel levels on a soft summer’s evening for the fans in a crowd of around just 700.

Cork conjured up the first chance with a Gearóid Morrissey shot deflected off Daniel O’Reilly for a corner.

Shortly afterwards, Gary Boylan needed some medical attention after a crunching challenge from Harry Ascroft, which earned the Australian the first yellow card of the game.

But City gradually got on top, with Conor McCormack becoming increasingly influential in midfield as they enjoyed plenty of possession.

Harps finally worried City on 32 minutes when Caolan McAleer crossed from the right side of the box but Mark Russell scuffed his shot in space and the chance was gone. Almost immediately, Cork swept up the other end and Gary Boylan fired over as the game began to open up.

Cork had an appeal for a penalty dismissed on 42 minutes as Garry Buckley went down in the box and Dan Casey failed to get a telling connection as the home defence looked suspect just before the break.

But Harps almost snatched the lead on 53 minutes when Mark Coyle played the ball off to McAleer and his fierce shot whizzed just outside the post.

And the Ollie Horgan managed side then enjoyed a decent spell.

However, Cork spurned a good opportunity on the hour when Morrissey found Rainsford, who scooped the ball over the target.

Both sides struggled to lift their game with errors becoming increasingly common.

Next up for City is a visit from third-placed Bohs on Friday, while Harps travel to Dublin to face UCD in a proverbial six-pointer at the bottom of the table.

FINN HARPS: McGinley; O’Reilly, Logue, Todd; Borg, Ascroft (Timlin, 45), Harkin, Russell; Coyle; McAleer (Place, 85), Boyle.

CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin; Horgan, McCormack, Morrissey, Boylan (Comerford, 67), Hurley; Buckley, Rainsford (Sheppard 83).

Referee: J McLaughlin (Athlone).

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